• Learning and Innovation Skills:


    Creativity and Innovation

    Think Creatively
    • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
    • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
    • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
    Work Creatively with Others
    • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
    • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
    • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
    • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes
Implement Innovations
    • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur

    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    Reason Effectively

    • Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

    Use Systems Thinking

    • Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems

    Make Judgments and Decisions

    • Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
    •  Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view
    • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
    • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis
    • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes

    Solve Problems

    • Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways
    • Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions 

    Communication and Collaboration

    Communicate Clearly

    • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
    • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
    • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
    • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact
    • Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
    Collaborate with Others
    • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
    • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
    • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
    From the 21st Century Learning Partnership www.p21.org